MySnap Insulin Pump – Review

Longtime type 1 and advocate Melissa Lee reviews the latest customizable MySnap insulin pump from Asante Solutions.

{Disclosure: Melissa received a free upgrade and controller unit for review from the company}

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN:

PROs:

  • New high-resolution color screen
  • IOB (Insulin on Board) now visible on home screen
  • Color customization via MySnap Designer at snappump.com
  • Temp Basal shortcut with one button

CONs:

  • Humalog only
  • Not yet approved for pediatric use
  • No patient-end software solution
  • No vibrate option
  • Case option that it ships with is lacking

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Dexcom SHARE – Review

D-Dad Scott Benner reviews the new Dexcom SHARE from the perspective of a parent. It’s all about the sleep, he says!

{Disclosure: he received a free review unit from the company}

 

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • works just as advertised
  • simple to use apps
  • easy set up
  • receiver fits snugly — sturdy/doesn’t tip
  • no monthly fees

CONs:

  • not covered by insurance
  • initial cost feels pricey
  • extras required by technology limitations are also costly (phones/iPods)

 

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iHealth Blood Glucose Meter – Review

Fellow type 1 and nutrition expert Cyrus Khambatta reviews the iHealth Wireless Smart Glucose Monitoring System.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • meter is small and compact
  • low price ($29)
  • inexpensive strips (100 test strips for $25)
  • test strips easily accessible without health insurance
  • the iHealth Gluco-Smart app is a great visualization tool

CONs:

  • case is somewhat large to carry
  • takes a long time to measure blood glucose if using your phone

 
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dLife Diabetes Companion App – Review

Type 1 college student Greg Weintraub reviews the dLife Diabetes Companion App, which is both a logging app and education resource.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • multiple ways of viewing blood glucose entries
  • a lot of information about food (recipes and nutrition) that is difficult to otherwise find in one place
  • a user guide is built into the app

CONs:

  • no home screen, so navigation can be confusing
  • no way to place custom tags on blood sugar entries
  • no measurement of blood glucose in mmo/l (used outside the U.S.)
  • some aspects of the interface load slowly

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FitBit One Activity Tracker – Review

Type 1 college student Greg Weintraub reviews the FitBit One activity tracker, which he uses alongside his insulin pump.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • easy to carry
  • easy to use
  • real-time view of activity levels is motivating to do more

CONs:

  • carrying case is poorly designed
  • the small size of the device makes it easy to lose
  • difficult to toggle between different sets of tracked data

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Dexcom G4 CGM – Review (by a Parent)

D-Mom Jennifer Schneider reviews the Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) — from the perspective of the mother of a young teenager with diabetes.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • great accuracy
  • extremely reliable
  • easy to use

CONs:

  • alarms can be annoying, and should be more customizable
  • adhesive generally won’t stay on for the full seven days of wear

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Tallygear Carrying Case – Review

Blogger and advocate Melissa Lee reviews the Tallygear Dexcom G4 carrying case — one of her favorite D-products!

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • many different ways to wear the product (versatile)
  • allows for personalization with many prints and patterns available
  • all the device features are fully accessible through the vinyl viewing window
  • comes with a medical ID label

CONs:

  • case has to be opened (fabric pushed back) to access the Dexcom charging port {editor’s addition}

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Level Foods Glucose Gels – Review

As a PWD living with type 1 diabetes for 16 years, Kimberly Hislop reviews one of her favorite hypo treatments: Level Foods Glucose Gels.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • each pouch contains exactly 15 grams of carb
  • tastes great, not thick or pasty like other gels on the market
  • packaged in a convenient small squeeze pouch that can be easily carried in a purse, pocket, glove compartment, etc.
  • easy to open rip-top
  • can be purchased at most mainstream pharmacies, as well as ordered online

CONs:

  • expensive compared to traditional glucose tabs
  • occasionally top can be difficult to rip off, and can be a little messy
  • not all pharmacies carry all four flavors

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